"A Deck In Curved Air"

47L" x 25"W x 17"H

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This one was a joy to do. It has a teak top with inlaid maple, maple legs and steel accents on the side.

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I aquired the teak top for this table while volunteering at the ReStore. The person who dropped off the wood said that it was from an old boat of his. What a score, lucky I was volunteering that day.

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The inlay on the top is maple taken from the same table which the legs were from. I used that in effort to keep it all tied together and bring some of the lightness of the maple to the teak.

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Since the wood was kind of worn I spent a good bit of time planing and rejoining the boards

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The legs for the table were taken off an old table that was on it's way to the dump, luckily Gina rescued it off the curb in time. From the looks of it this wood had seen some time outside, but after some TLC and reconstruction I got the legs to a salvageable point.

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I thought the steel runners on the table would really bring out the modern feel of the legs and give this a splash of industrial at the same time. Thanks to Josh @ Vinca Design for helping with the steel.

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This is a picture before I put the coats of shellac on.

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Second Nature Design is run soley by Ed Challed. Ed is originally from Long Island NY and is a graduate from Syracuse University. After college he made his way to the Bay Area in California in order to pursue a career in the tech industry. He worked for many years doing web development, and after a large wave of outsourcing hit this industry and jobs were moved to India, Ed made his way up to Portland, Oregon. He has resided here for over five years and has been learning the skills of woodworking during this time. Ed works with a few basic goals; to use as much second hand materials as he can for a project, and to keep the concept of functionality in all of his art.

He spends time re-appropriating bits out of the scrap pile, doing his fair share of dumpster diving, and is continually on the lookout for inspiration and parts that fit the whole. Attempting to strictly use materials that are on their second or third life is an important part of the work process. Abundant resources have already been used to get materials to the consumer level initially, with their lives often cut short there is still great potential in what some might discard.

Though the concept of reuse in this capacity is nothing new, Ed hopes to intrigue and possibly stimulate others to creatively look at the potential of things around them. We have the capacity to make better use of the resources already tapped, and there is no time like now to do it.

Herein lies part of the ultimate solution to the new economy; think locally about your resources, get creative, and support your fellow craftsmen and community members.

If you have any ideas for projects please call or email. 503.860.3142 - info@secondnaturedesign-pdx.com

Thanks For Looking,

Ed Challed

For the time being my blog will be directed back to this site. After I really finished building out this site and get some more time I will begin the blog activity again. Thanks. -ed